INTO University Partnerships collaborates with leading universities to provide international students with a personalized and highly supportive learning environment allowing them to acclimate to life on a US university campus and prepare for long-term academic success. Since 2006, INTO has launched partnerships to internationalize 24 universities in the US, United Kingdom and Asia, including Oregon State University, University of South Florida, Colorado State University, Marshall University, George Mason University, Drew University, Saint Louis University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Washington State University and Suffolk University.
INTO Drew University is a joint venture between Drew University and INTO North America. INTO Drew’s unique programs for international students provide tailored academic and English language instruction coupled with a highly supportive learning environment that supports adjustment to life in the U.S. and long-term academic success.
Drew University is a private, liberal arts university located in Madison, N.J., just 29 miles west of New York City. Ranked among the top liberal arts institutions nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes and Washington Monthly, Drew is also listed in Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges. Drew has a total student enrollment of 2,019 in three schools: The College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies and the Drew Theological School. The undergraduate program offers degrees in 30 different disciplines, while Caspersen and the Theological School offer degrees at the Masters of Arts and doctorate levels.
Drew University invites qualified candidates to apply for Director of Academic Programs at INTO Drew University. The Academic Director provides leadership for the academic programs and teaching staff within the INTO Drew Center. The Director will be responsible for the development of new programs for undergraduate and postgraduate English language learners, oversight of assessment, accreditation, and academic integrity/standards within those programs. This includes management of teaching resources, faculty, academic program coordinators, academic supports, and related resources within the Center.
This position reports directly to the Executive Director of INTO Drew University.
Key accountabilities and duties
This is a valued role in a growing, dynamic organization. Accountabilities of this position may change and develop over time, but will include the following:
This position includes 50% teaching responsibilities, or the equivalent of 7-8 contact hours per semester.
Ensuring that INTO Drew English language and pathway programs have carefully designed curricula that comply with market demands and provide students with a strong foundation for success.
Promoting and achieving student success and student satisfaction during and after Center academic programs.
Working to maintain standards set by the major professional bodies for Intensive English programs with a focus on standards for curriculum and student achievement. Directing the accreditation application process for the INTO Drew University Center with appropriate accrediting agencies.
Collaborating with the Executive Director, University academic leadership and program coordinators to ensure the integration of language and undergraduate/postgraduate content courses. Establish and maintain quality standards and stay abreast of current trends in the ESL field to ensure best practices.
Work with the academic program coordinators to oversee quality, standards and effective and efficient delivery of academic programs.
Collaborate with the Student Services Team and Center for Academic Excellence to ensure students receive academic support services that provide a strong foundation for success.
Work with the INTO Drew Executive Director to provide operational level leadership to advance goals regarding enrollment, retention, and quality. Duties include:
Contributing to the formulation of the annual budget and the regulation of expenditure in the INTO Drew Center. Monitoring the financial performance of the Center through the efficient management of teaching resources, both those contracted independently and through various University departments, including teaching hours and class sizes.
Developing opportunities for collaboration with key campus stakeholders, including academic departments, Academic Services, Student Affairs, and Admissions
Representing the Center in various campus committees and/or task forces at the request of the Provost.
Participate on the Partnership Management Team to manage the academic operations of the Center. Duties include:
Working in close cooperation with the Director of Student Experience, Center Finance, Admissions, and IT Managers to coordinate in areas that impact academic staff and students.
Working closely with all appropriate staff at the Center and the University to ensure that Pathway students receive appropriate academic advising and direction on meeting progression requirements to the University.
Liaising with INTO regional staff and Educational Counselors regarding academic programs, student academic issues, special programs, training and recruiting.
Serve as an ambassador for the Center, meeting with groups, agents, sponsors, students, and other constituents to communicate and implement long and short-term goals of the Center and expand upon financially viable opportunities for contracts with groups.
Building and sustaining a performance-based team environment for English language instructors. Duties include:
Coordinating and ensuring follow through of the hiring, orientation, evaluation, and performance of English language faculty.
Performing annual evaluations of direct reports.
Serving as a role model for working with and advising students, maintaining collegial relationships and high professional standards in all matters.
Qualifications and Experience
Master's and/or PhD in Teaching English as a Second Language, Applied Linguistics or closely related field
Significant experience in leadership in an ESL or INTO ESL environment
Demonstrated ability to recruit, manage and motivate an academic team in a fast-paced dynamic environment.
Experience with ESL program assessment and the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) process
Creative, passionate, quick thinking, driven by energy and enthusiasm - coupled with personal warmth and approachability.
Commitment to University goals and strategies for expanding international programs.
Must be able to travel freely to and from the United States.
Skills and Abilities
A truly international outlook, with an ability to work in a diverse environment and to exhibit cross-cultural awareness and understanding
Commitment to ethical professional practice
High energy level and ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment
Hands-on approach to academic delivery, customer service and business growth
Ability to reconcile twin imperatives of delivering high quality academic programs in a university context while working for a “for profit” organization
Ability to build and manage relationships with peers, senior managers, university stakeholders, parents and students from a range of linguistic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
Ability to deploy and manage resources effectively with priority and time management
Ability to delegate management tasks and empower others
Ability to maintain sound judgment and decision-making even when under pressure
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Competent IT and analytical skills
Willingness to travel domestically and internationally as needed
Passionate about mission, purpose and results
This position is located at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
How to apply
To be considered for this position, please click the following link to submit your cover letter and resume:
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Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience, plus full benefits package
About INTO North America
INTO University Partnerships works with universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Asia, investing in the development of world-class international student centers. With a clear focus on and commitment to the delivery of the highest quality of student experience, we specialize in preparing students for undergraduate and postgraduate study at partner institutions and other leading universities in the US and beyond.